Buck Mountain Trail

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Buck Mountain Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kattskill Bay, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,988 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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scramble

The first mile of the hike is on a primarily wide trail with a slight grade. There is an intersection that leads to several other summits not too far in - be sure to maintain your trail markers. The descent through mile 2 becomes steeper and has rocky sections with a few easy stream crossings. The views slowly start to come during the last mile or so of the hike as the canopy recedes and the rocky scrambles begin. Some of the scrambles may require a hands on approach so care should be taken with the younger hikers. The view from the summit is well worth the hike. Tons of blueberries near the summit in early summer. Tend to go fast due to heavy foot traffic that same time of year.

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muddy
rocky
washed out
1 day ago

Had a fun time climbing, took us about 2 hours to get to the top. The views were definitely worth it

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muddy
2 days ago

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3 days ago

Highly recommend sunrise hiking if you're experienced and have the right equipment. If you want to start sunrise hikes Buck is a perfect mountain to start with, it's challenging, but has markers so you can easily find your way up and the views at the top are amazing. never disappointing. Check out my pictures from September and they'll help explain the views.

8 days ago

great workout !!!

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muddy
18 days ago

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21 days ago

Great training hike for a newbie thinking of getting ready for a high peak. Beautiful day for hiking as the wind kept all the bugs away and the cool clear spring air made for amazing views of Lake George and the surrounding mountains.

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bugs
26 days ago

We took our 6 month old lab puppy- he LOVED IT. It was pretty buggy but overall a great hike.

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bugs
muddy
28 days ago

absolutely loved it. 3 miles one way. 1st 2 miles are moderate. The final mile is very steep and gets harder. I had my 2.5 year old on my back and I found it extra hard , view is worth everything. beautiful lake view from the top. Too many bugs, repellant would be really useful.

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30 days ago

Nice hike. Beautiful views at the summit. We went in May and the black flies are definitely thriving. Use bug spray. Don’t wear scented shampoo and conditioner they will be all over you.

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bugs
muddy
30 days ago

Totally beautiful out today. A little cloudy but great views from the summit. Muddy in only a few places and the bugs weren't bad until you stopped walking

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rocky
scramble
30 days ago

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30 days ago

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bugs
1 month ago

challenging but worth the time and effort...definitely an epic hike for our 6 yrs (hiked the whole thing) and 2 yrs olds (was carried on all of the steep stuff)..bugs (black flies) kept us moving the whole time.

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

very steep grades. awesome workout though. Its well worth the work when you get to the top. The view is breathtaking!

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blowdown
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muddy
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great hike with nice views of Lake George

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rocky
1 month ago

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scramble
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Such nice hike! parking was very full but the trail itself was quiet. summit was sunny but cool layers are helpful!

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great hike on a popular trail. We were the second car in at 8.30am, but the large lot was full upon our return at lunchtime. The trail is fairly easy for the first half of the ascent, with it getting stiffer for the second half. Very rocky most of the way up, with bald rock for the final push up to the summit. Trails were muddy and wet in a lot of places, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be given all the rain over the past few weeks. No views for us today due to the low cloud cover.

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muddy
2 months ago

Awesome hike today! No snow or ice and not too muddy! 4/23/19

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muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Nice and easy hike! The trail markings are super clear, you will not get lost. The top was windy, but with amazing views.

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muddy
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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Was the first hike of the season for my boyfriend and I. The sun was shining and the weather was amazing. The trail itself was a little muddy, but it's expected of the season with the melting snow. The parking lot was packed when we got there but didn't seem to run into many people. Thoroughly enjoyed the various creeks and runoffs we came across as we took a bit if a break each time to just sit and enjoy the sound. Once at the top, we were graced with excellent views of Lake George, the Berkshires as well as some of the high peaks here in the ADK. Definitely a good hike if you want to work your legs, some steep inclines.. especially towards the end of the trail, but definitely worth it for the view.

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muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Great hike, wonderful views, and dog-friendly! The parking area is fairly large, but I‘d still recommend an early start to avoid crowds. The trail is very well-maintained (despite it being springtime) and marked with yellow blazes on the trees and rocks. There is definitely mud right now and a few areas of patchy ice, but nothing that requires crampons. Poles are helpful to navigate these areas, as well as the many stream crossings hikers have to traverse. Contrary to what this site says, the hike is actually 6.6 miles round-trip. The summit views are spectacular! I could’ve spent all day up there...the miles are worth it! Great hike if you want some exercise and phenomenal views!

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

great hike, views at top are breath taking. some parts are a scramble but over all worth it for the view. trek poles/walking sticks recommended for people of any skill level.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Really good! Sometimes, it is no obvious where to go next but if you pay attention, you’ll find the way.

2 months ago

muddy with a fair amount of ice 2 days ago.

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